Sensational Hiplife duo, R2Bees, swept five awards out of nine nominations at the 2013 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) held at the main auditorium of the Accra International Conference Centre last Saturday.
The awards, including the ultimate Artiste of the Year, were the Highlife Song, Hiplife Song, Most Popular Song, Group of the Year, and Hiphop/Hiplife Artiste of the Year awards.
The Tema-based duo, made up of Faisal Hakeem (Paedae da Pralem) and Rashid Mugeez, took as their prize, a brand new MG Rover vehicle and Samsung Galaxy S4 phones from Vodafone.
The ‘Walahi’ and ‘Odo’ hit-makers dedicated the awards to their fans, especially fellow rapper Yaw Siki, who was recently involved in a ghastly motor accident.
The night – spiced with riveting musical performances by Fuse ODG, Sarkodie, Kwaw Kese, Efya, VIP, Banky W and Wizkid – was nevertheless without surprises and controversy.
Whereas some nominees won awards that many thought they did not deserve, others who lost out immediately took to social media and other platforms to accuse the organisers of bias. Dancehall artiste Bandana has even released a ‘diss’ song to that effect.
The Spectator Agoro brings to readers the list of other award winners:
- Gospel Song: Zaphenath Paneah
- Best New Artiste: Kaakie
- Dancehall Artiste: Kaakie
- Afro pop Song: Fuse ODG
- Hip-hop Song: M.anifest
- Best Rapper: M.anifest
- Highlife Artiste: Afriyie
- Gospel Artiste: Herty Borngreat
- Best Collaboration Song: Herty Borngreat/Trigmatic
- Best Female Vocal Performance: Efya
- Best Video: Chase (Lonely)
- Best Album: EL
- African Artiste: Wizkid
- Record of the Year: Efya
- Songwriter: Okyeame Kwame
- Producer of the Year: Killbeatz
- Sound Engineer: Kaywa
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Gyedu Blay Ambulley
- MUSIGA Merit Award: Asabea Cropper
- Instrumentalist: Daniel Kojo
- Gospel Album – Cwesi Oteng
- Traditional Artiste – Sheriffa Gunu
- Music for Development – Akoo Nana.